[The Gem Project, Inc -Gifts for Students] Experience NASA, Work with Leading Scientists with Grants Totaling $5000, & Scholarship Listing!


Amanda A. Ebokosia Founder, CEO
The Gem Project, Inc.
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Last night, I was learning about drug design and dose-response relationships in my class at UMDNJ. I reflected on the wealth of opportunities that are available for our youth today. Becoming an AFNA scholar in 8th grade allowed me to become a “college student” for a set period of time,  while feeding my interest in the sciences. Shortly after that my high school biology teacher, Ms. Joy Clark, recommended me to the pre-medical honors program at UMDNJ, during my sophomore year. It’s opportunities like this that allow our youth to see themselves outside of  what they feel is determined to be their future, they are the ‘innovators’ of it.
Our young leaders have the power of changing the world and their own lives because someone or something believed they could.
It is with great pleasure we forward the following opportunities presented to us, from our friends at Adrienne Nicole Productions and Mentoring USA respectively. We hope that you can change a student’s future by passing the following information to schools, students, friends, and colleagues.
Program description courtesy of from:  (The National Girls Collaborative Project
Program Name
Program Status
Spirit of Innovation Challenge (began 2007) Active
Program Affiliation: None
Program Contact
Jennifer Fotherby (Executive Director)
2101 NASA Parkway
Suite L
Houston, TX  77586
County: Harris
Phone: 832-864-7223
Focus:Science,Technology,Engineering,Math,Computer Science,Business,Humanities,Arts Girls served annually:200 Boys served annually:300
Program Description
Imagine getting the chance to develop a commercial product to help solve a real problem facing our world today. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual competition for high school students, inviting them to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to develop the innovative products of tomorrow. Along the way, we match teams with world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs as mentors to assist teams with advanced STEM and business principles. Student teams will compete for awards and recognition including a chance to attend the 2012 Innovation Summit at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California where they will present their products and vie for $5000 seed grants, patents and commercial opportunities. Additionally, this year, three teams will travel to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, a conference that only occurs once a decade. To enter, students register online, form a team of 2-5 students, create an innovative product and submit a one-page abstract. This year, the Conrad Foundation is looking for innovative ideas in three categories – Aerospace Exploration, Clean Energy and Health and Nutrition. 

Above decription provided by: ( The National Girls Collaborative Project )

We’re witnessing an age of growth and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.
Scholarship list provided by our friend, Mr. Stephen Powell, Executive Director of Mentoring USA.

AARP Foundation Women Scholarship Program

For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves.
Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school.
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund

For students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity and academia.
American Copy Editors Society Scholarship

Available to junior, senior and graduate students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.
AORN Foundation Scholarship

For students studying to be nurses and perioperative nurses pursuing undergrad and grad degrees.
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
For students who indicate a sincere interest in an automotive related career.
AWG Minority Scholarship For Women

Encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.
AXA Achievements Scholarship

Provides more than $600K in annual scholarships to 52 students ” one from each state.
Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships

Awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the IT Healthcare field.
Best Buy Scholarship

For students in grades 9-12 who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate program upon high school graduation.
Burger King Scholars Program

For high school seniors who have part-time jobs and excel academically in school.

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Developed to assist minority and disabled students, but open to all who meet the requirements.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Four-year achievement-based scholarships given to 250 high school seniors each year.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.
Dell Scholars Program

For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology

For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Discovery Scholarship

Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school.
Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships

Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news.
EMPOWER Scholarship Award

Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program

For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.
Fulbright Scholar Program

Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.
Future Engineers Scholarship Program

For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance.

Gates Millenium Scholarship

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students.
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who wan to write their way to college money.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship

For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders.
Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship

For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need.
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship

Provides travel opportunities for students of color who are traditionally under-represented in such programs.


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

Provides fellowships to students who excel in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship FundTo increase diverse students access to talent development opportunities through teacher training.
Jeannette Rankin Women Scholarship Fund

For low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community.
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship


KFC Colonel Scholars Program

For college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 2.75.
Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest

A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship

Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.

National Achievement Scholarship

Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.
National Black Police Association Scholarships

For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.


National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship

For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research.


National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.
PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships

Established for students in the field of project management or a project management related field.
Ron Brown Scholar Program

Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship

Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.
Siemen Competition

Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships

For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.
Tri-Delta Scholarships

For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.

Tylenol Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.
United Negro College Fund Scholarships

Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship

For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

For students seeking a Bachelor degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.
Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program

Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.
William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship

Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.
Writer Digest Annual Short Story Competition

Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information technology.



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We will continue to serve you, our supporters and our community, by also informing you about opportunities outside of the Gem Project.


Be on the look out for our full report and information about our anti-bullying tour at  various sites in Newark, NJ through our interactive literacy campaign.


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